Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

MAC Exotic Ember Mineralize Blush
MAC Tropical Taboo Mineralize Blushes

MAC Tropical Taboo Collection’s Mineralize Blushes ($25.00 for 0.10 oz.) sees the launch of three limited edition shades.  All three had rich, intense color payoff, but I did experience shorter wear (which is my typical experience with the mineralize face products), so the ratings reflect that shortcoming.  The other thing was that all three were extraordinarily powdery–the merest touch of MAC’s 116 dislodged quite a bit of powder and left powdery remains pushed to the edges.  MAC’s new 159 brush is better for these, just because it doesn’t seem to disturb the powder as much, so there is less excess and waste, and it is also easier to get less product so you can build the intensity to the desired level rather than starting at level ten.

Exotic Ember is described as an “orange with bronze pearl.” It’s a deep, bronze-shimmered brown with subtle warm undertones. This is a shade that is going to be tricky for some skin tones, amazing on others; I think if you liked Metal Rock, you’ll like the color of this. Aside from the tricky color, the orange shade was difficult to blend with the brown. It was like the two were oil and water and really didn’t want to blend together, so the color looked splotchy applied. I tried it over different foundations (two liquids, a powder, and bare skin), and I still had the same issues trying to get it to look even. I had the best results with I used a fan brush to use it very, very lightly as a contour but the color may not work as a contour for all skin tones (it doesn’t for mine, for reference). As a blush, it did emphasize pores and skin texture. I will try to snap a photo of it being used more as a contour sometime this week. It lasted six hours on my skin, and it was patchy after eight hours of wear (this is typical wear for me with MAC’s mineralize products). MAC Earthshine is less warm-toned, slightly redder/more plum in a way. MAC Pressed Amber is lighter, less warm-toned. Bobbi Brown Bahama is lighter, more plum. See comparison swatches.

Simmer is described as a “burnt rose with peach/gold pearl.” It’s a brightened, pink-coral with gold shimmer. The majority of the color is coming from the red bits, and this is extremely pigmented, so I would use a lot less than you expect and build up. If used very lightly, it only emphasizes pores in a minor way (not too noticeable by others, only if you look in the mirror), but as the color builds up, so does the metallic-like shimmer, which was unforgiving if you don’t have perfectly smooth skin. It lasted six and a half hours on me, and then it was faded and somewhat patchy after eight hours. Tom Ford Flush is more orange. theBalm Frat Boy is more matte. NARS Deep Throat is more muted. NARS Amour is more matte. MAC Star Wonder is less warm-toned but somewhat similar. MAC Flaming Chic is softer, more muted. Benefit Bella Bamba is pinker. See comparison swatches.

Sweet Samba is described as a “dark pink with tan pearl.” It’s a pink-plum with a soft, pearly sheen and neutral-to-cool undertones. It had intense color payoff, so go easy with a brush and lightly tap onto cheeks and then build up the intensity. It’s much easier to build than it is to diffuse and soften if you apply too much. I will be testing out the wear of this shade today.  This had the most forgiving texture and only slightly emphasized pores/the natural texture of the skin. theBalm Cabana Boy is less pink, more plum. NARS Oasis is darker, more plum. NARS Outlaw is similar, more subdued. MAC Mocha is pinker. MAC Star Wonder is lighter, more shimmery. MAC Gentle is pinker. See comparison swatches.

P.S. — Nordstrom still has these listed for $23.50.

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Exotic Ember

C+
The biggest problem was that this didn't want to blend; the two shades didn't want to come together as a single shade, so the end result was a rather splotchy, uneven color that needs some work to get just right. For those who have missed Metal Rock, they may enjoy this shade and find it worth the extra time to get it to look even on the skin, as these types of shades are hard to come by.

Product

7/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

7.5/10

Longevity

6.5/10

Application

4/5

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Simmer

B
While it was intensely pigmented, the texture was surprisingly powdery (even allowing for baked products in general). It lasted only six hours on my skin (which is normal to dry), and it was faded and somewhat patchy by the eighth hour of wear.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

4.5/5

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Sweet Samba

B+
Sweet Samba was richly pigmented, though somewhat powdery, and was the most forgiving finish once applied. It only very subtly emphasized pores/skin texture compared to the other two.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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MAC Exotic Ember Mineralize Blush
MAC Exotic Ember Mineralize Blush

MAC Exotic Ember Mineralize Blush
MAC Exotic Ember Mineralize Blush

MAC Exotic Ember Mineralize Blush
MAC Exotic Ember Mineralize Blush

MAC Exotic Ember Mineralize Blush
MAC Exotic Ember Mineralize Blush

MAC Exotic Ember Mineralize Blush
MAC Exotic Ember Mineralize Blush

MAC Exotic Ember Mineralize Blush
MAC Exotic Ember Mineralize Blush

MAC Exotic Ember Mineralize Blush
MAC Exotic Ember Mineralize Blush

MAC Exotic Ember Mineralize Blush
MAC Exotic Ember Mineralize Blush

MAC Simmer Mineralize Blush
MAC Simmer Mineralize Blush

MAC Simmer Mineralize Blush
MAC Simmer Mineralize Blush

MAC Simmer Mineralize Blush
MAC Simmer Mineralize Blush

MAC Simmer Mineralize Blush
MAC Simmer Mineralize Blush

MAC Simmer Mineralize Blush
MAC Simmer Mineralize Blush

MAC Simmer Mineralize Blush
MAC Simmer Mineralize Blush

MAC Simmer Mineralize Blush
MAC Simmer Mineralize Blush

MAC Simmer Mineralize Blush
MAC Simmer Mineralize Blush

MAC Sweet Samba Mineralize Blush
MAC Sweet Samba Mineralize Blush

MAC Sweet Samba Mineralize Blush
MAC Sweet Samba Mineralize Blush

MAC Sweet Samba Mineralize Blush
MAC Sweet Samba Mineralize Blush

MAC Sweet Samba Mineralize Blush
MAC Sweet Samba Mineralize Blush

MAC Sweet Samba Mineralize Blush
MAC Sweet Samba Mineralize Blush

MAC Sweet Samba Mineralize Blush
MAC Sweet Samba Mineralize Blush

MAC Sweet Samba Mineralize Blush
MAC Sweet Samba Mineralize Blush

MAC Sweet Samba Mineralize Blush
MAC Sweet Samba Mineralize Blush

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40 thoughts on “MAC Tropical Taboo Mineralize Blushes Reviews, Photos, Swatches

  1. Maythe Dantas

    que cores lindas, quero todos (:

  2. Liz

    The first one (exotic ember) does not look nice on you at all. The other two do.

    • Anna

      Yeah, the two colors don’t seem to blend well together. I trust your technique, Christine… and now I know there’s no way to make this work on my NC25 skin!

    • Cinzia

      I actually thought it looked really nice. But I think its best used for her skin as a bronzer to give her a bronzy glow instead of as a blush.

  3. I’m so surprised at how good those products look on!
    They look like such crazy colors in the package, yet when you put them on your face, they look amazing!! I guess ya can’t judge a book by its cover.

  4. Avatar of Rad Rad

    Wow! I think i’m going to have to get all three :) What a pretty range of blushes.

  5. VJNS

    I have so many blushes that getting these – and without good color payoff or stay – would just be money ill-spent.

  6. Gretchen

    These are actually $25. I hate price increases. No more MBs from MAC for me, no matter how pretty they are.

  7. Yeah so Exotic Ember is not your best ;) *giggle* looks like dirt on your face… Both Simmer and Sweet Samba are lovely

  8. Melissa

    Simmer looks gorgeous!

  9. Simmer and Sweet Samba look a whole lot nicer than I ever would have expected.

  10. N8iveBeauT

    I believe the lipstick is a Mineralize Rich lipstick, and not a Sheen Supreme. Simmer, I’m so excited about it. Interesting how on Nordstrom’s these are $23.50 and on MAC online they are $25!!! Nordstrom’s it is!!! Thank you for the Sneek Peeks.

  11. Simmer is so pretty I literally gasped when I scrolled to the swatch. NEED.,

  12. Mary Gutierrez

    I actually like Exotic Ember on you! Wondering if it could double up as a bronzer…hmmm

  13. Oh, I am Def. getting my Hands on Simmer and Sweet Samba 2NIGHT … They Kind of look a lot but iDC , Finally Mineralized Blushes that aren’t Packed with big pieces of Glitter ! SMH got me walking around looking like a Showgirl ; So Team Sheen vs. Sparkle

  14. Cat

    I really like Simmer and Sweet Samba– Exotic Ember does nothing for me.

  15. I imagined Exotic Amber as a golden orange color. What a disappointment that it looks brown? Simmer looks pretty!

  16. Simmer and Sweet Samba are gorgeous! I’m excited to purchase these in-store next month, long wait but worth it. :)

  17. I’m really surprised by these colors, and not in a good way. I am not a blush fiend in general, so I have no skipper’s remorse!!

  18. Adhishree

    Oh my god, Simmer is absolutely gorgeous! Was not expecting that colour from the packaging. The first one is way too muddy, but I am obsessed with Simmer. Would this compare to NARS Orgasm? Sadly, I’d probably have to wait over 6 months to get my hands on this because MAC’s limited collections release more than half a year later in India, on average. :(

  19. As a very fair person I don’t see any of these working all that well for me unless they are really easy to blend out. even then, though, I think there are better options for the price.

  20. Megan

    exotic ember looks dirty…..like on your face i mean

  21. I LOVE Simmer. And Sweet Samba is also pretty nice.

  22. I’ll take Exotic Ember please! :-)

  23. Desperately want Simmer!

  24. Simmer is quite pretty but I doubt it would look very flattering on my über-pale skin, even with all my crazy confidence :P I’ll have to check out the dupes too though.

  25. I put Simmer on hold at my local store, and I may have to swatch/pick up Exotic Ember as well. They’re all so pretty!

  26. Shelbie

    Oh no, exotic ember was the one I was most excited for! It just looks far too muddy on the skin.

  27. Exotic Ember is…interesting, to say the least :P LOVE the color of Simmer. Unfortunately, as you mentioned, these def would emphasize my super-sized pores and oily skin so I must stay away :/

  28. I’m cool and dark (NC 55) so Exotic Ember is right down my alley…Nordstrom’s here I come.

  29. Jennifer

    Christine, what brush do you use to apply your blushes? Mine tends to pick up too much pigment and doesn’t blend that well

    • Whatever I have on hand – like I go through one blush per blush I swatch in a review, so it varies from MAC’s 116, 129, Bobbi Brown’s Blush Brush, Urban Decay’s, OCC’s…

  30. Michelle

    Christine…is Simmer pretty similar to Ring Of Saturn? Thanks for your time!

  31. bsim8331

    Can you tell me if Sweet Samba is the same as SuperNova, and if Simmer is the same as Ring of Saturn. I went to the MAC counter but was hesitant to buy because of the similarity.to the two that I already had. Please help. I love mineralize blushes but just by looking it look the same.

  32. Myesha

    How does sweet samba compare to macs supernova mineralize blush?